November 10, 2016


Persuading Floridians That Hunting Invasive Pythons Is Fun : Jenny Novak, a state wildlife biologist, has trained more than a thousand locals to capture wild snakes in the Everglades. (ALEXIA FERNÁNDEZ CAMPBELL,  OCT 3, 2016, The Atlantic)

Campbell: Can you describe what you tell people about how to capture a python?

Novak: I tell them that when you come across a python, you want to get it out in the open. You want to make sure you know what you're dealing with. There are several steps you have to take before you're ready to approach the animal to see how it's behaving, but if the snake is just wanting to get away from you and go hide, that's what we call "flight mode," and that's when you can safely approach the animal from behind.

We use a snake hook. We use the rubber handle of the snake hook, not the hook end. We do pin the animal quickly at the base of the head, and then we show people how to, with the other hand, put their fingers around the neck of the snake and to hold it. It doesn't take a strong hold. It's just a very gentle almost loose hold around the neck to keep those animals under control and to keep them close to the ground. We show them with their free hand then to take the snake bag and get that bag worked over the snake. It's surprisingly an easy process to do. We've trained adults. We've even trained younger children to do this.

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